Have you ever forgotten your keys and had to wait outside in the freezing rain for someone to come let you in? It’s no fun. Now imagine waiting to be let inside for 15 years – through the rain, the snow, and the heat. This was the life of a poor dog who lived chained outside of his owners’ house for his entire life. Bear, a lab-chow mix, was taken in by his “guardians” to be an “outdoor dog.” They took that categorization all too literally and poor Bear was never allowed inside . . . for 15 years. That is until Robert Misseri, the founder Guardians of Rescue, heard about the pup and went to check out the scene.

When he arrived in the small town of Shirley, New Jersy, he was shocked. While he was making arrangements to rescue Bear, Misseri dropped off a new dog house for him and took him on a walk. Later that week, Misseri asked the family to surrender the dog and they did so within 24 hours.

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Messeri and his team came with a big pair of bolt cutters and, after a brief struggle, they snapped Bear’s chains and the dog wagged his way over to rescuers for some much-deserved head scratches. Bear is currently living at Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue in Port Jefferson Station. Misseri says he is looking to find Bear a home with a nice elderly couple so that the old pup can live out the rest of his days in comfort – indoors.

Thankfully Bear has a roof over his head, but their millions of animals around the world that are still looking for their happy ending. If you notice an animal who is being mistreated, call your local rescue or shelter so that they can come and evaluate the situation. And remember, dogs can get cold just like people! It’s not enough to let dogs in your house, you need to prepare them with the proper equipment to whether the elements – just like a child.  Provide your puppy with snow boots for the winter and (if they don’t have a thick coat) a nice warm jacket. They can skip the hot cocoa after walks . . . save that for yourself.

To learn more about the Guardians of Rescue or make a donation to help support their rescue efforts, visit their website.

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